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good afternoon. the queen has used the new year's honours list to recognise the success of more than 100 of britain's olympians and paralympians. there are knighthoods for andy murray and mo farrah, while jessica ennis—hill is made a dame. andy swiss has the details. at the end of a glittering yearfor british sport, for five of its greatest stars — the greatest honours. first, a knighthood for the man who spent 2016 scaling dizzying new heights. commentator: wimbledon champion again — supreme performance! after winning a second wimbledon, a second olympics and the world number one spot, it's now sir andy murray. a fitting finish to a remarkable season. i feel more like andy murray. it feels obviously more normal to me. but it's obviously a big honour. i'm happy with that, it's a nice way to finish, or start, the new year. there's also a new title
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for mo fa rah‘s collection. commentator: gold for great britain again! the double double. he described his knighthood as a dream come true. having come to britain as an eight—year—old from somalia, he added, he could never have imagined it. another athletic star, meanwhile, becomes a dame. london 2012 heptathlon champion jessica ennis—hill, who retired this year. there was also a damehood for rower katherine grainger. after five medals at five consecutive 0lympics, the perfect ending to her career. and there's a knighthood for one britain's top paralympians. dressage rider lee pearson won his 11th gold medal in rio. among the other honours, two sporting couples. cbes for cyclists jason and laura kenny, while hockey gold medallists kate and helen richardson—walsh become an 0be and mbe respectively. and after their impressive run at euro 2016, wales football manager chris coleman becomes an 0be and his northern ireland
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counterpart, michael o'neill, an mbe. just a few of more than 100 sporting figures honoured for a memorable 12 months. there were also some notable names honoured from the worlds of arts and entertainment. among them there's a knighthhood for the knotty ash funnyman ken dodd — as our entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba, reports. # happiness... # he's been one of britain's favourite entertainers for more than half a century. now ken dodd has received a knighthood. isaid, i said, excuse me, can you help me out? he said, certainly, which was due, in? the best day ever, you can't get better than this. i've played lots of big theatres, i've worked abroad, but this is it. this is the day, yes. i'm very, very proud. residents, the lady of the house
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speaking? actress patricia routledge has been made a dame. kinks frontman ray davies said he felt "humility and joy" to become sir ray. lady anne. a knighthood too for award—winning actor mark rylance. bond actress naomi harris also becomes an 0be. figures from fashion and design have also been recognised. american vogue editor anna wintour said she was touched to be made a dame. designer victoria beckham becomes an 0be for services to fashion. the hillsborough independent panel was chaired by james jones. the hillsborough independent panel was chaired byjamesjones. he has 110w was chaired byjamesjones. he has now been knighted. obviously great pride, that is mixed with sadness because of the enduring sadness of the families who have continued to feel the loss of their loved ones at
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hillsborough. he's one of hundreds being recognised for their contribution across the uk. at least 25 people have been killed and more than 50 injured after two bomb attacks at a busy market in central baghdad. a roadside bomb exploded near a shop, then a suicide bomber detonated his device among the crowd that had gathered. so—called islamic state says it was behind the attacks. jonny dymond reports. a packed market — shoppers and traders hemmed in. two bombs. one in a car parts shop, then another when a crowd had formed around the first. both suicide bombers. they took more than two dozen with them. fathers, and sisters, and mothers, and brothers. translation: when we heard the explosion, we found many people killed and wounded who we rescued and sent to the hospital. why does this happen in iraq? why to the iraqi people? to the north, the fight to take
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mosul, iraq's second city, from so—called is, continues. it is a long slog. and for many residents the only way is out. three more months, iraq's government says, the action might take. maybe next year will be better. but many iraqis are giving up, as they flee their battered city with nothing but bags and suitcases. air passengers in the south east of england are being warned of continuing disruption with flights because of earlier freezing fog. heathrow, gatwick and london city airports have all warned passengers to check with their airlines before travelling. 0ur correspondent, angus crawford, is at heathrow airport now. it looks as if it's clearing up a
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bit there, angus. yes, this really has been a question of the morning after the fog the night before. yesterday we know that something like 200 flights were cancelled across uk. that affected about 30,000 people. it also meant that ecru and aircraft wearing the wrong places when it came to departures and arrivals today. even though the fog has basically lifted, earlier this morning you couldn't even see the control tower. although it has lifted there is some disruption. here at heathrow we think about 50 flights have been cancelled in and out of the airport. london city airport has considerable delays this morning. and gatwick there are 40—60 minute delays on some departures. the advice is very simple — if you are attempting to travel today, to consult your airline before you set off from home. angus, thanks very much. celebrations are already in full swing — on the opposite side of the globe — to welcome in 2017. cheering
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new year fireworks from auckland's sky tower marked midnight for thousands of revellers in new zealand. and in australia, the traditional sydney harbour display is lighting up the city's iconic opera house. here, more armed police officers will be deployed — and concrete barriers will be in place — at london's new year fireworks event. security plans for major outdoor celebrations around the uk have been "modified" following the lorry attacks in berlin and nice. with all the sport, here's katherine downes at the bbc sport centre. i'm sorry, we seem to have problems with our lines to salford. you can see more on all of today's
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stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 19:25. bye for now. hello, you're watching the bbc news channel. the time is coming up to ten minutes past one. let's get more now on the queen's new year's honours. and it's not only sporting stars and celebrities who are being recognised. one of the youngest to receive an honour is 17—year—old jeremiah emmanuel, whose been awarded a british empire medal for services to young people and the community in london. it's an amazing honour, being part of such an amazing list with some amazing people. i was shocked when i found out i was nominated for a queen's honour. it means so much. you do a tremendous amount of work. how busy does that make you and what motivates you? i get really, really busy doing the work that i do. just knowing that you're helping so many different
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people in the community, knowing that your inspiring people to do the same, i think that is what motivates and you drives me to carry on the work that i do. what do you think all of the people that you work with will make of this when they find out how you've been honoured ? i think it will be a really, really good, just... just a good thing that's happening for all of us. i hope it can be a turning point for the work that we do. i would say it's only the beginning. from working in the local communities to the rest of the uk, and then taking it international. it's about bringing change. how hard has it been to keep things a secret for the last few weeks? it has been really hard. i kept it in the family. hopefully i can inspire people by receiving the award. how important is it for young people to have a voice and how powerful can that was the? i think it is so, so important for young people to have a voice.
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we are the future and i think a lot of people forget that sometimes — especially when it comes to working on things that affect us from politics to our everyday lives. hopefully a 17—year—old receiving a queen's honour can be an inspiration to other young people to wake up and say, "today i can bring a change to my community." earlier i spoke to sylvia morris who's been made an mbe for her work improving the lives of people with leukaemia and their families. her daughter karen died of the disease. she explained to me how the charity was formed. we set out to continue the initiative of my late daughter, who agreed to fund a campaign on the day she was diagnosed with leukaemia, which resulted in thousands joining the bone marrow register and lots of money being raised. she passed away a year later and we formalised our fundraising into our trust.
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we identified the need for karen's homes from jome for karen's homes from home as people travel long distances to centres of excellence to be treated for leukaemia. obviously, you didn't do this to get an honour, families have to move to get the best treatment. very much so. it is young families, it only people who have two come from the. as the treatment for leukaemia is moving from the need for patients to be in a hospital, but that they need daily treatment. so we see that there will bean treatment. so we see that there will be an increasing need for patients to stay in our homes are quite is it getting better, do you think is quite certainly do research to blood
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cancer is providing a number of breakthroughs and there are more positive outcomes and there were 20 yea rs positive outcomes and there were 20 years ago. very much so. i don't have the statistics, not being involved on the research side, but certainly there are steps. there is a miracle drug which is now in its second, third or maybe fourth—generation. so thank goodness that there is hope today for leukaemia patients. obviously, you didn't do this to get an honour, but it is lovely to get one, isn't it? it is absolutely overwhelming. but this honour is really for karen, it's in her memory. at her funeral it was said that her book was still open. i was really angry and upset because i thought, "she has passed away, how can her book be still open?" but it is still open. lots of our supporters today were her friends. she was a popular youth leader. they were affected by her leadership. and it's keeping her memory alive — just not in the way we would want. and the reverend robert nelson has
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been awarded an mbe for his work with the homeless on the wirral. i instigated and co—founded a homeless project 25 years ago we have now been running on wirral and it has become since having started as just it has become since having started asjust a it has become since having started as just a temporary life shelter for six weeks in the winter, it has now become a permanent institution in wirral. we're playing a major role in shelter and homeless people and finding them new prospects for life in the community and helping them to rehabilitate. with that experience, looking back over 25 years, ijust wondered how you feel demand for your services has changed? i mean,
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has it been particularly acute over the last seven or eight years since we have the economic downturn? the last seven or eight years since we have the economic downturn7m has got worse, the problem has got worse. we aren't able to accommodate all the demand. we also act as a gateway for various other projects in the locality where people might be moved onto. but the general level is high and all our own boats are pretty well always full. we are accommodating 27 people in our main hostel shelter. we also have seven two—bedroom houses around the community, and another unit which has a converted pub which have expensive unit in it. that accommodation is pretty well always. what the martyr shakespeare is receiving an
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mbe for her work as an anti—gun campaigner. -- marcia shakespeare. it's a bittersweet moment. it's bitter in the sense that letitia went out on the new year and she lost her life from being murdered. the sweet moment is that, yeah, there's a reward at the end to say that all of the work and effort that i've put in to try and make a change is actually being recognised. for the last 1a years, i've been working with the community. i've been working with west midlands police and also with my charity delivering workshops and presentations on healthy relationships, decision—making and choices. choices which regard to when people make a choice, the effect that it has when someone's been murdered and how there's no winners to murder. do you think you've managed to make a difference to the culture in this area? there's been a big difference in regard, if you look at in 2001—02, there was a lot more shootings compared a lot more young people.
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i think to date there has been about 100,000 young people i spoke to in the last six years, educating them on violent crime and the dangers, the choices and the consequences. and a lot more people have been thinking twice before they actually make those choices to go and carry a weapon, and more importantly, to use a weapon. itjust seems so weird that 1a years later that, yes, i am receiving an mbe. but the work that i've done, it's not you receive an award. my rewards have come from the young people who turn their life around. the young people who come to me in the streets and actually say to me, "keep up the good work." the first minister of scotland has used her new year's message to insist she is determined to respect scotland's vote to remain within the european union. nicola sturgeon said it was her top priority to ensure scotland retained as many of the benefits of eu
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membership as possible, including the freedom to work, travel and study in other member states. we're also working to safeguard the opportunities that so many people in scotland now take for granted. we're determined that scotland's vote to remain in the european union will be respected, and that people in scotland can retain as many of the benefits of eu membership as possible — including the freedom to work, travel and study other european countries. the new year is inevitably a time when we look to the future. i'm determined to ensure that we give our children and our young people scotland's future. the support and care they need to live happy, healthy, fulfilling lives. and i'm confident that in 2017 we will make further progress towards that goal. german chancellor angela merkel has
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about 2015 was —— 2016 was a year of severe test for her country — the biggest being islamist extremism. in a new year address she insists that germany's democratic values were stronger than terrorism. the un security council will meet later to consider a russian resolution endorsing the ceasefire agreement in syria. the draft text calls for access for humanitarian aid convoys and expresses support for a political process to end the conflict. rebel groups have accused the syrian government of repeated violations of the ceasefire. 40% of councils in england have no procedures in place to prosecute people who misuse disabled parking permits. new analysis of official figures found that in 61 local authorities blue badges could be used fraudulently without fear of being fined. the finding been described as "staggering" by a disability charity. leanne brown reports. you're taking the badge off me? offices in oxfordshire checked hundreds of blue badges during a three—day operation over
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the festive season. many were confiscated because they were not being used by the owner. it is something that we need to enforce. we need to make sure that people are using their badges correctly so that people can get to the shops who need to get to the shops and are disabled. fines of up to £1,000 could be given to those who abuse the system but the department of transport says 61 out of 152 local authorities don't have a policy when it comes to prosecution. where legal action was taken, almost all involved were using someone else's blue badge. disability charity scope has called the figures staggering and says more needs to be done to tackle the fraud. a spokesman representing local authorities say they do take it seriously and are working hard to combat blue badge misuse. earlier i spoke to james taylor, head of policy at the charity scope who described the blue badges as a lifeline for many users.
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blue badges are vitally important for around 2 million disabled people today. the blue badge scheme enables disabled people to live independently. it enables them to get to the shops, get to work, take children and families to school. and park near places that they need to get to. ultimately, the scheme enables them to take part in their local community and contribute to the local economy. so it's vital for many disabled people. were you as shocked as i was in reading these figures — 61 out of 152 councils just don't enforce it? yeah, at scope we think it's staggering that many councils aren't taking seriously prosecution for misuse of the blue badge. as mentioned, it's a lifeline for many disabled people and it's clear that much more needs to be done by many more councils. they certainly prosecute other people for parking, i have to say. yeah, absolutely. i think misuse can take many forms. it can be using a stolen badge. it can be altering a badge. but the majority of the cases of
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people using someone else's badge. fines of £1,000 are available, but that is no deterrent if the policies aren't in place in the first place. that's an interesting point, because you could say if someone who has a badge quite legally gives it to someone else who uses it in the wrong way — should they be penalised, too? the rules state that the owner of the badge has to be in the vehicle at some point when using the badge. and it's clear that the majority of the cases, that isn't happening where the prosecution is taking place. now, disabled people rely on these badges and misuse and abuse of the system is stopping many from living independently. i suppose the other thing is we don't really know how often these badges are fraudulently used. if councils are not enforcing it, you don't know. we don't have the figures. exactly. and we want to see at scope more consistency across the country on how data is used and how it's reported. it's quite clear that some councils are doing really good work, but there are many who need to be doing much more.
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the other point about this is it brings a whole system into disrepute because if any driver sees somebody using a blue badge, you don't want them to think this person doesn't deserve to use it for all of the reasons you've said. yeah, absolutely. this is a lifeline for many disabled people and we need to stop misuse of blue badges. from midnight tonight, anyone who owns an air gun in scotland will need a licence. the legislation was introduced after a toddler was killed by an air gun pellet in glasgow in 2005. people in england and wales can own the weapons without any kind of documentation. craig anderson reports. these are the guns that by january 1 will be illegal unless their owners have a licence. already 11,000 people have applied for an air gun certificate and anyone with a gun licence already can add air weapons to that. but thousands of air gun owners have missed the deadline of october 31 to apply for a permit. anyone who applied for a certificate before october 31 is ok because they applied early. unfortunately, those who applied after that will have to wait some time before it is processed.
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they will have to make alternative arrangements for the safe storage of their airguns. registered gun dealers like this one in inverness are providing a safe house for air weapons whose owners want to keep them but won't be licensed by sunday morning. many of those in the gun trade think the clamp—down is using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. shooting people at high rise flats is illegal. you're not allowed to do that, you never were. this legislation is a piece of tokenism which will achieve nothing. the people who will misuse air rifle are not the type of people who are going to go to the trouble of licensing their weapons anyway. but backers of the new laws say air weapons are involved in half of all gun crime in scotland and with an estimated 500,000 of them in scotland, tightening the legislation is justified. thousands of airguns have already been handed in to police to be destroyed. if you're staying up to welcome
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in the new year then you'll have a bit longer to wait as a "leap second" will be added to this year's countdown to compensate for a slowdown in the earth's rotation. the extra second will occur as clocks strike midnight and the change is needed because standard time lags behind atomic clocks. here's our science correspondent, rebecca morelle. big ben tolls this new year's eve, you have a tiny bit longer to enjoy the celebrations. an extra second is being added to the world's time. and it's all because of a very slight wobble in the earth's rotation. our planet speeds up and slows down as it spins. so while a single rotation equates to one day, some days end up being a tiny fraction longer or shorter than others. and gradually the earth's time drifts out of sync with our clocks. right now, that difference has grown too large, so just before the clocks strike midnight, an extra second is being added
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to bring everything back into phase. it's the 27th leap second since they were introduced in the 1970s, but there have been calls to abolish them. communications networks, financial markets and computer software all rely on extremely precise timekeeping, and some say that having to reprogram an extra second puts them at risk. others warn that without leap seconds, over thousands of years, the earth's time and our clocks will grow more and more off—kilter — so much so that one day your watch might say it's midnight as the sun is starting to rise. now let's look over to the fireworks display that has been happening in sydney, australia. as you will know, thatis sydney, australia. as you will know, that is the sydney harbour bridge.
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there are very proud of their display — they think it is the best in the world! they've certainly spent a lot of time and effort on it. there's seven tonnes of explosives this year. 12,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 individual firework pyrotechnic effect — that's according to what the people in sydney are saying about what they're doing. there are about what they're doing. there are about1.5 about what they're doing. there are about 1.5 million people packed into the harbour to watch the display. very lovely. now let's find out what the weather will be very lovely. now let's find out what the weather will be like very lovely. now let's find out what the weather will be like for very lovely. now let's find out what the weather will be like for new year's eve. well, it was warm and dry in sydney for the fireworks display. the same can't be said for back home. there will be some rain in the forecast as
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we head towards midnight. for most of us, the last day of 2016 is looking largely dry with a lot of cloud around and some mist and four, two. but not as extensive as the fog was yesterday. there is that band of rain pushing across scotland with a little bit of wintriness over the high ground. further south is largely dry with patchy light rain in central southern areas and sunshine as well, particularly across the north—east corner of england. it's actually quite right across the afternoon. this rain band continued to move south this evening. by midnight it should clear southern scotland and most of northern ireland. it is looking cold with a biting northerly wind. watch out if you're on the roads after midnight — there could be some icy patches as well. for england and wales, a largely dry the day. patchy rain pushing them towards western areas. a little bit of wintriness over the high ground. across the south it should be cloudy. in the
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north will be very cold. this conference marks the boundary of the cold are to the north and milder add to the south. there will be rain on the system as it continues to move southwards for the first day of 2017. unfortunately cloudy skies for much of england and wales. some rain could be quite happy with wintriness over the higher ground of wales and into northern england. —— could be quite heavy. patchy showers before the rain reaches the south—east later on. in the north, cold and frosty. write with plenty of sunshine around. wintry showers back in towards northern scotland. certainly over high grammar could be accumulations of snow. a keen, cold biting northerly wind. the rain slowly southwards and east was getting the south—east corner. i think it will take all day after dark until the rain eventually close away the south—east. a cold day
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across the northern half of the uk. but bright with some sunshine and wintry showers stopped 7—9 celsius. we lose the milder air and the rain. heading into monday, a crisp day with sunshine. into tuesday, the best of the sunshine will be in the south of the uk. further north, thicker cloud moving in with outbreaks of rain. that's your latest weather.
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